I can’t let the passing of An Æsthete’s Lament go by without saying a few words about what the blog has meant to me. It was an education every time I checked the new posts. I never knew what treasure I’d find there or what words of wisdom I’d encounter. Regardless of what was written, it was always something that would enrich my life and my knowledge base. I had the great good fortune of helping Æsthete design the header for the blog, and after several iterations, we came up with the perfect image and words. Blogging is hard, and I sometimes wonder why I/we do it. Certainly, for me, it’s not about the money, because I don’t make a penny from the blog. It’s about sharing the things that I know, even if I’ve been described as “being the boring old aunt at Thanksgiving that you hate to sit next to…”. Blogging takes time, time away from the family, the friends, the other things we could be doing. But we still do it, mainly because it’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s a great community and it adds something to our lives.
The Preakness, the middle jewel of horse-racing’s Triple Crown, is being run in Baltimore this weekend. Things are really gearing up around town, and the excitement is building. I don’t really have a horse in this race, but I’d love to see Super Saver, with Calvin Borel, win the Triple Crown. Thanks to Eddie Ross for the shout out he gave me on his blog. Eddie and Jaithan bought some French Ivory knives and forks from me and he featured them at an event he did at Gracious Home in NYC. I still have a few of these knives and forks on my Etsy Shop, as well as some great old hotel silver spoons. As I get closer to my move, look for more and more things for sale. As I am sorting through books, I realize that I have three copies of the book DV: Diane Vreeland.
When I moved the last time, and basically got rid of everything I own, I realized that stuff is stuff. And in the long run, I am really a hunter, not a collector.